How to Make a Fishing Bait Boat

How to Make a Fishing Bait Boat
Bait boats are used to go for large carp. These small radio-controlled (RC) boats allow the angler to slide the bait and line via the boat into areas where carp school. RC boats are quiet and can slip into areas without disturbing the carp.

The angler pulls or tugs on a line attached to the boat that drops a baited line over the fish. Constructing and making a bait boat requires either a kit (see Reference 1) or small RC boat to be retrofit for bait fishing.


Difficulty: Moderate

Things You’ll Need:
  • Bait Boat RC Kit
  • Electric outlet
  • Small flathead and Phillips screwdrivers
  • Fishing reel and rod
  • Small magnet with split shot attachment
  • Barbed hooks 4/O to 6/O
  • Sinkers
Step 1
Set the two hull pontoons of the bait boat kit onto a flat work area. Attach the bait holder with a small screwdrivers. Attach a radio antenna to the end of the bait boat. Make sure the antenna is placed toward the back of the boat. Screw down the attachment points with the small screwdriver.
Step 2
Plug the battery charger from the kit into the wall outlet. Place the bait boat batteries into the charger to charge until the light display changes from red to green, indicating a full charge. Remove the batteries and place into the bait boat battery compartment.
Step 3
Wire the jet propulsion engine following the color-coded wires attachment. String the green wire to the green metal tongue mount and attach at the set screws. String the red wire to the red metal tongue attachment and attach at the set screw.
Step 4
Seal the edges and seams of the boat with watertight sealant in the kit. Run the sealant along the edges and seams and let dry.
Step 5
Place LED lights onto the bait boat according to your kit plans. Look for the mounting indentations where the LED lights go, and where the lights draw power to illuminate from the boat's batteries.
Step 6
Add batteries into the RC handset. Turn the power to on and wait for the RC handset display screen to come up. Set the frequency for the controls to the boat by following on-screen menus and instructions.

Check with your local law enforcement agency or FCC office regarding the rules or laws of using the RC frequencies with the boat.
Step 7
Slide the split shot magnet onto the bottom end of your fishing line, one to two inches above the hook. Place the magnet onto the end of the bait boat, between the jet propulsion areas, where there's a metal piece designed to hold the magnet.

Article Written By Eric Cedric

A former Alaskan of 20 years, Eric Cedric now resides in California. He's published in "Outside" and "Backpacker" and has written a book on life in small-town Alaska, "North by Southeast." Cedric was a professional mountain guide and backcountry expedition leader for 18 years. He worked in Russia, Iceland, Greece, Turkey and Belize. Cedric attended Syracuse University and is a private pilot.

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